London Festival of Japanese Rope Bondage

By on February 21, 2010

If you’re into Japanese rope bondage, this is an absolute must. The last festival was a great success and the 2010 event will feature an international lineup of performers, art, attractions, presentations, films, workshops… and a big party.

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These photos by Esinem www.esinem.com

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From 2nd – 5th April 2010, the Festival brings together those for whom kinbaku (aka shibari/Japanese rope bondage) is an artistic inspiration, a performance art in its own right, or a means of erotic communication, whilst sharing knowledge about it and its cultural context.

Already, the event is attracting international interest with visitors, artists and performers from all over the world. Zamil and Mark & Jesss of BeShibari will be stunning us again with their rope work and you can expect some new stars , including Kinoko Hajime, a Japanese master  hotly tipped as being the next rope god.

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The venue will be themed with Japanese décor, food, drinks, live music, demonstrations and, of course, girls in kimonos.

Salon of Kinbaku:  An opportunity for photographers and artists to capture the amazing work of Nawashi Murakawa, a highly skilled illustrator and bondage artist, with a traditional Japanese theme.

Art exhibition:  An exhibition of Japanese bondage art  which will include contributions from Sorayama and Sardax, photography, ceramics, body casting and other mediums, plus bondage performances. A great opportunity to socialise and meet the stars of the event.

Workshops, classes and practice dojo: In addition to a rope free-for-all in the dojo, with cushioned floor, multiple suspension points and expert advice on hand, where you can tie or be tied, we have will have a workshops and classes for all levels. Topics  covered will include simple ties for beginners, bondage photography, advanced rope handling and much more.

The big party: The party night will have continuous bondage performances throughout the night from some the top artists. Never has so much talent been presented in the UK, nor such a wide variety of styles from traditional to modern to performance art. If you have never seen shibari/kinbaku (Japanese bondage) be prepared to forget all your preconceptions about bondage.

Those already confirmed include:
Kinoko Hajime (Japan)
Zamil (Germany)
Marc & Jess (Belgium)
Shadow (Belgium)
Esinem (UK)
Nawashi Murakawa (UK)
Nawa Koneko (UK)
Rod Macdonald (UK)

Talks and presentations: Presentations on bondage skills, kimono tying, history of kinbaku, “What do you get from bondage” Q& A panel session and other fascinating subjects, plus market, shiatsu massages, acupuncture and lots more.

Film night: Festival of Japanese films, including rare footage of the masters at work

The organisers are keen to attract all types of contributors: art in any medium, riggers, musicians, cultural experts, video, performers; in fact, anyone who can make this event even better. It would be great to have more input from Japanese nationals and ex-pats. So if you are, or you know, the sort of person who might fit in, then get in touch by email to bruce@esinem.com

Meanwhile, check the latest news at  www.japaneseropebondage.co.uk

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alessandro

February 6, 2010 @ 14:00

Nice!!!

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